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March Program: Big League City! 100 Years of Football in Jacksonville

On November 30th, 1993, Jacksonville, Florida was awarded the NFL’s 30th franchise. Local reporters still remember it as the most electric night in city history. Fireworks exploded over the St. Johns River, the party at the Jacksonville Landing lasted until daybreak, and future mayor John Delaney ran through his downtown office shouting “Big League City!” […]

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Update: Window displays at City Hall awarded 2017 Historic Preservation Award

The Jacksonville Historical Society’s City Hall windows project will receive a 2017 Jacksonville Historic Preservation Award for its coordination of history displays in the Duval Street windows at City Hall. Also awarded are the Dukeeville Historical Society, Mandarin Museum and Historical Society, Mandarin Community Club, San Marco Preservation, and the Springfield Improvement Association and Archives. […]

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February 23rd Program: Civil Rights Struggles

Civil Rights Struggles, from the beach to the Courthouse Please note the time change: Reception: 6pm Program: 630pm This observation of Black History Month connects Jacksonville to some of the Civil Rights era’s most pivotal events, which took place in Northeast Florida. Demonstrations in St. Augustine, led by giants of history such as Dr. Martin […]

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In 2016 the JHS was excited to add the “City skyline” to our Jacksonville Holiday Ornament Series

The Jacksonville Historical Society’s Ornament Series now boasts a city skyline. It’s currently available through the Jacksonville Historical Society and at the annual Gingerbread Extravaganza. Click here to see details and dates of this years Gingerbread Extravaganza. Other ornaments in the series include the Jacksonville Train Terminal, the city’s Andrew Jackson statue, the Treaty Oak […]

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Wednesday, January 18 Program: The History of Florida Broadcasting

When: Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 Where: Old St. Andrews Time: 630pm Reception; 7pm Program The January program at Old St. Andrew’s features former broadcaster Donn R. Colee, Jr., author of Towers in the Sand: The History of Florida Broadcasting. Towers in the Sand is the only comprehensive history of Florida’s broadcasting industry 1922-2016. The book explores the people, […]

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Board member Lisa Sheppard offers special background

Lisa Sheppard is a Senior Historic Preservation Planner with the City of Jacksonville, Florida. She has worked with the City’s Planning and Development Department for 18 years. After receiving her BA from the University of North Florida, she attended Savannah College of Art and Design for Historic Preservation post-graduate studies where she researched the issue […]

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75 years ago Jacksonville responds to Pearl Harbor attack

In the early days of December 1941, cool weather and a festive spirit filled the streets of Jacksonville. The Florida  Times Union was packed with news and advertisements highlighting the Christmas holidays. Stories detailed holiday events and warning notices on the Post Office’s usual mail onslaught.   Only days into the month, overshadowing the December flurry of […]

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Old St. Luke’s Hospital featured on River City Live

Jacksonville Historical Society’s Old St. Luke’s Hospital was the subject of a special segment last week on the year-old television show, River City Live, seen from 11 a.m. to noon on Ch. 4 WJXT. The popular weekday talk show explored some of the city’s more mysterious structures, and Old St. Luke’s, now the JHS Archives, […]

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South’s Best Holiday Experience

Southern Living magazine had a story in its December 2015 issue that named the Extravaganza among the “South’s best holiday experiences.” The Gingerbread Extravaganza was one of only four events selected. The brief, but highly visible article mentioned that amateur and professional creations were shown side by side.  They also gave a nod to the […]

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